Garfield Farm Museum 2013 Schedule of Events
Natural Area Management Seminar
Feb 16 8:30am-4:30pm. Learn how to restore and manage prairie, woodlands and wetlands. Reservations required. $50. Includes lunch
Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar
March 3 1:30pm. Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, Seed Savers Exchange Orchardist Reservations required. $30.
Fox Valley 56th Annual Antique Show
March 9 & 10 Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Produced by Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA). To Benefit Garfield Farm Museum. At Kane Co Fairgrounds. $8.
“ Hands On” Beginning Dulcimer Workshop
April 7 Musician Dona Benkert will give instruction on these unique stringed instruments. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 per session.
Woodland Wild Flower Walk
April 14 9:30am. Tour the museum’s Harley Pond woodlands with museum staff. Reservations required. $6.
“ Hands On” Advanced Dulcimer Workshop
April 21 Musician Dona Benkert will give more advanced instruction. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 per session.
Museum Awards Banquet
April 27 6pm–9pm. Annual dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. Cost $55.
Rare Breeds Show
May 19 11am-4pm. Breeders from around the Midwest display rare and historic types of livestock. Individual breeders may offer livestock and poultry for sale. Member participation by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. $6/$3.
June 16 12-4pm. Step back in time and learn about farm life in the 1840’s during this two day event. Activities will include tavern tours and period demonstrations. $6/$3.
Garfield Farm Camps
June 18-20 & July 23-25 9am-Noon. During these three day camps, children ages 8-15 years old will learn about farm life in the 1840’s. Activities include; feeding animals, museum tours, and hands on demonstrations. Reservations required. $75 each camp.
July TBA 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff. Reservations required. $6.
Antique Tool Show & Sale
Aug 4 9am-1pm. Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade and sell antique and collectable tools. $6/$2.
Archaeology Field Session I
Aug 14-16, 21-23 8am-4pm. Participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log tavern site. Call or e-mail for registration information.
Heirloom Garden Show
Aug 25 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. Member participation by Seed Savers Exchange. $6/$3.
Sept 8 2pm. Museum volunteer Chuck Bauer, will give a lecture on the history of corn. There will be discussion of the type used in the 1840’s and how farmers manipulated corn to create the variety we have today. Reservations required. $6.
Sept TBA 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff. Reservations required. $6.
Archaeology Field Session II
Sept 12-14, 19-21 8am-4pm. Participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log tavern site. Call or e-mail for registration information.
Student Harvest Days
Oct 4 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to school children. Limit of 600 students by advanced reservations. $5/$4.
Oct 6 11:30am-4 pm. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music and food. $6/$3.
Barns 101 & 201
Oct 12 Staff member, Dave Bauer, will give two lectures on historic barns. Barns 101 at 10am will provide a general overview. Barns 201 at 1pm will provide a more in depth look. Both lectures will include a tour of the museum’s barns. Reservations required. $6 for each lecture or $12 for both.
Oct 13 2pm. Staff member, Joseph Coleman will give a lecture and demonstration on blacksmithing. $8.
Nov 10 3-6 pm. For all those who helped out at the farm, a pot-luck with photos and awards makes for a fun social afternoon.
Candlelight at the Inn
Dec 7 & 8 3-7pm. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfields in their 1846 Brick Inn. Hospitality, food, music and bake-sale. Donations accepted.
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